Postgraduate students

Program Summary

The Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University is a world-leading clinical care and research centre that specialises in the fields of HIV medicine, Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts, Infections in the Intensive Care Unit, Hospital-associated Infections and Epidemiology, Antibiotic Resistance and Pathogenesis, Surgical Site Infections, Influenza, Viral Hepatitis, and International Public Health.

The Department of Infectious Diseases is committed to basic and clinical research that fosters innovation and strives for improvements in patient outcomes. As part of this commitment, the department offers a formalised PhD Program. This competitive program provides a three-year, comprehensive research experience for those interested in pursuing an academic career within a robust clinical department. The program provides resources, funding and mentorship to undertake doctoral studies, providing the foundation for future leaders in infectious diseases and microbiology research. Established links with international research centres will promote opportunities for international collaboration and exchange during the doctoral studies and beyond. The Department of Infectious Diseases is located within the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) facilitating integration with other research institutes and clinical services. For physicians, this unique program includes scope for clinical consultant sessions or equivalent through Alfred Health, embedding this research program within health service delivery.

Program Structure


The Department of Infectious Diseases PhD Program Structure is comprised of the following:

Preparation Support

  • Nomination and establishment of the supervisory team
  • Assistance with formulation of the research question, design and plan
  • Assistance with funding applications including Scholarship Funding and / or Research Funding, as required
  • Establishment of the mentorship and career development pathways

Doctoral Studies

  1. Research Support
  • Assistance with Ethics Applications
  • Assistance with patient recruitment and / or database support as required
  • Statistical support/ Research Training
    • Enrolment in the following courses
      • TRM6002 Translational Research
      • MPH6041 Introductory Biostatistics
      • TRM6001 Introduction to Clinical Trials
      • APR6001 Bioethics Theory and Practice
  • One-on-one biostatistical assistance for study design and analysis, facilitated through Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
  1. Infrastructure Support
  • Office space and computer support
  • Laboratory and / or freezer space as required
  1. Funding Support
  • Assistance with funding applications for scholarship and / or research support
  • $3,000 per candidate / year for 3 years
  • Candidates can apply for consideration of additional funding to cover:
    • Project costs (disposables/ drug purchase etc.)
    • Ongoing education costs (i.e. software courses, database courses etc.)
    • Funding to attend conferences, including travel costs, for presentation of PhD research findings
  1. Clinical Appointment

At the discretion of Professor Peleg, and in alignment with the clinical needs of the unit, there will be the potential for clinical appointment at Alfred Health through the Department of Infectious Diseases for physician candidates who will be based in Australia. Negotiable within their area of research and may include:

  • Specialist Clinic
  • Ward service
  • Outreach services
  • Composite of the above

Postdoctoral Career

The Department will offer mentorship and assistance with postdoctoral research career including:

  • Assistance with postdoctoral fellowship applications such as NHMRC Early Career Fellowships
  • Fostering of local, national and international collaborations for fellowship and / or research
  • Mentorship for ongoing clinician-investigator career development

Areas of Research

  • HIV
  • Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts
  • Hospital Epidemiology
  • Antibiotic Resistance and / or Pathogenesis
  • Surgical Site Infections
  • Infections in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Influenza Epidemiology
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • International Public Health



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